UK police have seized 190 kilograms (419 pounds) of cocaine from two separate trucks at the port of Dover.
Ofﬁcers found 140 kilograms (309 pounds) of cocaine in a truck carrying a shipment of paper and card from the Netherlands, and 50 kilograms (110 pounds) in a second truck carrying toy building blocks. The drugs were discovered by Border Force .The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of £19 million ($23.5 million.) Gerrit Van Eckeveld, 62, from Nieuwegein in the Netherlands, was arrested and will appear at Canterbury Crown Court on May 20. Two Czech nationals were also arrested on suspicion of importing cocaine. The pair were later released under investigation. The southern English town of Dover is one of the main crossings into mainland Europe.
NCA Dover branch commander Martin Grace said: “These seizures demonstrate that the organised criminal networks involved in international drug trafﬁcking continue to pose a threat to the UK, even with the restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.” Both cases were passed to the National Crime Agency. The cocaine drug is inhaled as smoke or dissolved and injected into a vein. Cocaine is the second most frequently used illegal drug globally, after cannabis. Since 1961, the international Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs has required countries to make recreational use of cocaine a crime.